- Life-Time Access Study Program: ($2497 Value)
- Online Exam License - 1 Year Access: ($997 Value)
- Exam Prep Review Quizzes: ($497 Value)
- Digital Study Guide: ($497 Value)
- Exam Pass Guarantee: ($997 Value)
- Graduation Packet: ($997 Value)
- Live Instructor Support: ($2400 Value)
- Delivery Method: Online Self Study
- Exam Format: Online
- Duration: 55 hours
- Credits Awarded: 50 CPE
- Credential Earned: Board Certification
The Certified in Open Source Intelligence (C|OSINT) program is the first and only globally recognized and accredited board certification on open source intelligence. You will learn real-world applicable skills that are utilized by law enforcement, military intelligence, private investigators, loss prevention, cyber defenders and attackers all use to help aid in their investigations.
Our goal is to create an industry-leading body of knowledge and skillsets that meet the McAfee Institute's high standards that can be taught, tested and validated so you can be successful in your career regardless if you are in law enforcement, intelligence, loss prevention, private investigations, information security, or cybersecurity.
Upon completion, you will leave this program with an industry-recognized credential of C|OSINT to put behind your name attesting to your skill sets and knowledge.
Welcome to C|OSINT
COSINT Official Study Manual
Professional Code of Conduct
Learning Experience & Expectations
Quiz: Introduction & Policies
The Foundation of OSINT
The Foundation of OSINT (Reading Assignment)
The Foundation of OSINT
Defining an OSINT Standard
Defining and Using Intelligence
Prep Review Quiz: Foundations of OSINT
The Intelligence Cycle
The Intelligence Cycle (Reading Assignment)
The Intelligence Cycle
Planning & Directing
Collection & Data Gathering
Processing & Exploitation
Analysis and Production
Evaluation & Feedback
Prep Review Quiz: The Intelligence Cycle
Intelligence Collection Disciplines
Intelligence Collection Disciplines (Reading Assignment)
Intelligence Collection Disciplines
Prep Review Quiz: Intelligence Collection Disciplines
Privacy and Data Protection
Data Protection and Privacy Law (Reading Assignment)
Data Protection and Privacy Law
Prep Review Quiz: Data Protection
Setting Up a Lab & Virtual Machine
Setting Up a Lab & Virtual Machine (Reading Assignment)
Prep Review Quiz: Setting up a Lab & Virtual Machine
Reading Assignment (Critical Thinking)
Discussion: Critical Thinking
OSINT Browser Configuration
Protecting Your Computer
Virtual Private Networks
Firefox Addon: Firefox Containers
Firefox Addon: UBlock Origin
Firefox Addon: Downloadthemall
Firefox Addon: VideoDownloadHelper
Firefox Addon: Full Web Page Screenshots
Firefox Addon: Nimbus
Firefox Addon: HTTPS Everywhere & Smart HTTPS
Firefox Addon: User-Agent
Firefox Addon: Exif Viewer
Firefox Addon: Copy Selected Links
Firefox Addon: Link Gopher
Firefox Addon: Right Click Copy
Firefox Addon: Perceptual Image Analysis
Firefox Addon: Singe File
Firefox Addon: Privacy Badger
Firefox Addon: Search by Image
Additional Web Browsers
Prep Review Quiz
Open Source Intelligence Research
OSINT Research Introduction
Search Engine Research
Reverse Image Research
Archive Search Engine Research
TOR Search Engine Research
Email Address Research
People Search Engines Research
Telephone Number Research
Online Map Research
Domain Name Research
IP Address Research
Govt & Business Record Research
Advanced OSINT Research
Fake Persona Research
Online Community Research: Reddit
How to Search Reddit
Data Breach Research
Live Traffic & City Cams Research
OSINT Assignment #1
OSINT Assignment #2
Introduction to SOCMINT
SOCMINT (Reading Assignment)
Online Deception in Social Media (Reading Assignment)
Twitter Advanced Searching (Examples)
Instagram Advanced Search (Examples)
Prep Review Quiz
Mobile Apps OSINT
Yik Yak Intelligence
OSINT and SOCMINT Recon and Intelligence
Recon Tools and Frameworks
Remote Location Recon
Resume Finders and Researching Employees
Operational Security and Privacy
Intelligence Analysis Software
Prep Review Quiz
Final Board Exam
Preparing for the Exam
Prep Review Quiz: Final Exam Preparation
Final Exam C|OSINT
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS BELOW
Want to learn more about the OSINT? Within this program, you are going to discover cutting-edge techniques and real-world training in OSINT & SOCMINT and position yourself as an industry-recognized expert with this incredible Certification Program. Download the complete syllabus here.
Exam Pass Guarantee - We do offer an exam pass guarantee which states if you take and complete the entire course and get 90% or better on all of the quizzes, and then sit for the exam and fail you will get another single attempt on us.
Exam Details Program - is graded on a pass/fail system by obtaining a 70% or better is considered a passing grade. The exam is taken online at the convenience of your home or office. It is a closed book exam and is 200 questions. The questions are in a true/false, multiple-choice & scenario-based format. It is a timed exam, you get 3 hours to complete the exam and you must do so in one sitting. Once you start the exam you must complete it. You get one attempt to pass the exam. If you fail the exam you must purchase a new exam license to sit for the exam.
The cost is $125 for an additional two years and requires proof of completion of 25 CPE credits.
Bachelor’s degree or higher (no experience is needed)
Associates degree plus 2 YEARS years of professional work experience in e-commerce, fraud, investigations, IT, law enforcement, forensics, criminal justice, law, and loss prevention
High school diploma or equivalency plus 3 YEARS years of professional work experience as stated above.
Also, a person convicted of a felony, any crime of moral turpitude or misdemeanor relating to honesty, theft, embezzlement, fraud or the like shall be ineligible to become a C|OSINT. The applicant must successfully pass the prescribed background check, which may include a criminal background check and examination process. Falsification or omission of information on the application form will be reason enough to disqualify an applicant from becoming or remaining Certified in Open Source Intelligence.
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NICCS has developed an interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework which provides a common language for cyber roles, jobs, and helps define personal requirements in cybersecurity. All McAfee Institute offerings are aligned with the Cyber Security Workforce Framework – the categories are based on extensive job analyses that groups together work and workers that share common major functions, regardless of job titles or other occupational terms.
- The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework supports the nation’s cybersecurity workforce development efforts.
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- Policymakers can set standards to promote workforce professionalization.
Who Trains with M.I.
McAfee Institute board-certified professionals work for over 2400 of the industry's top law enforcement, government agencies, and organizations around the globe. While this list is not all inclusive it does allow you to see which organizations are attending, hiring, employing and see value in our programs. >> See the complete list here
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
|U.S. Security Associates Inc.|
|LAPD||U.S. Air Force|
|North Charlotte PD||U.S. Army Reserves|
|Denver PD||U.S. Army/White House Communications Agency|
|Boston PD||U.S. Attorney's Office|
|Miami PD||U.S. Department of Commerce - Bureau of Industry and Security|
|St Louis PD||U.S. Department of Health and Human Services|
|Chesterfield PD||U.S. Department of Homeland Security|
|Memphis PD||U.S. Department of Justice - Executive Office for US Attorneys|
|Chicago PD||U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division|
|Houston PD||U.S. Department of State|
|Peoria PD||U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security|
|Alton PD||U.S. Department of the Interior|
|Halton Police||U.S. Department of Transportation|
|Halton Regional Police Service||U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs|
|Hardesty Private Investigations||U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission|
|Harker Heights Police Department||U.S. Government Printing Office|
|Harmani Associates International, LLC||U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff|
|Harris County||U.S. Marine Corp|
|Harris County Sheriff' Office||U.S. Marshal Service|
|Harris County Sheriff's Office||U.S. Naval Medical Clinic|
|Whitehouse Intelligence||U.S. Navy|
|Prime Ministry||U.S. Postal Inspection Service|
|Calgary PD||U.S. Secret Service/San Antonio Field Office|
|Hastings Entertainment||U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission|
|Hays County Sheriffs Office||U.S. Security Associates & New York Security Professionals|
|HB Counterfeit Investigations||U.S. State Department|
|HBPD||U.S. Treasury Police|
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